Ease, comfort, and efficiency in a small country

You’re probably already aware that the Netherlands is a fairly small country. This provides great opportunities for travelers because, unlike larger European tourist destinations such as France, Spain or Italy, you can reach the other side of the country within two hours. For example, from Amsterdam it takes only 50 minutes to reach The Hague Central Station. All you have to do is hop on the right train, enjoy the view out the window, and relax until you reach your destination.  

For a shorter train journey, add the city of Utrecht to your travel plans. In no more than a 30-minute train ride, you’ll reach Utrecht’s Central Station, the largest in the country. It seamlessly merges with Hoog Catharijne, a large, elegant indoor shopping mall. For years, visitors considered this shopping center ugly, crowded, and dirty, but after an extensive renovation, it emerged as a shopping destination with international allure. Visiting the new Hoog Catharijne makes you feel as if you could be in New York! Once you exit Hoog Catherijne, you’ll find yourself in one of the most charming cities in the Netherlands, and the cherry on the cake are its beautiful canals. Many travelers now prefer Utrecht to Amsterdam for a longer stay. Why? Because it’s just as charming but less crowded. 

If you want to see more of the country on your train journey, there is no better place to go than Maastricht. After a pleasant ride of about 2.5 hours you’ll reach this interesting city at the southernmost tip of the province of Limburg. Maastricht is known for being the capital of culinary delights, historical squares and lovely streets, but it’s the fabulous, charming restaurants you won’t want to miss. While there, you must try a scrumptious slice of vlaai (Limburg-style pie). What’s more, there are vineyards located right in Maastricht, surely a must-see. 

From the north to the south, traveling around the Netherlands by train is the way to go and get the most out of your trip. 

Take time to enjoy the fine dining in Maastricht.
Take time to enjoy the fine dining in Maastricht. © Jan Bijl

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